New York–based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she’s inherited the estate of a complete stranger—a woman named Isabelle de Florian—her life is turned upside down.
Cat arrives in Paris to find that she is now the owner of a perfectly preserved Belle Époque apartment in the ninth arrondissement, and that the Frenchwoman’s family knew nothing about this secret estate. Amid these strange developments, Cat is left with burning questions: Who was Isabelle de Florian? And why did she leave the inheritance to Cat instead of her own family?
As Cat travels France in search of answers, she feels her grasp on her New York life starting to slip. With long-buried secrets coming to light and an attraction to Isabelle de Florian’s grandson growing too intense to ignore, Cat will have to decide what to let go of, and what to claim as her own.
Paris Time Capsule is a stunning story with roots found in real life events. The story centres on Cat, a photographer from New York who inherits an apartment in France from a distant friend of a deceased relative. She embarks on a journey to give the rightful heirs their inheritance. Along the way she has to deal with handsome men, difficult sources and follow the trail across France to figure out the mystery of the abandoned apartment. It is such a rush.
The plot is so seamlessly interwoven with the real life historical events that you cannot help but become completely immersed in this world and indeed the mystery. You become desperate to find out some answers and it keeps you turning the pages long after you should have closed the book and turned out the lights.
Cat is a perfect heroine: giving, loyal and utterly confused – we like a few flaws – and she tries her hardest to be a good person but she cannot deny her true feelings and her emotional connection to Paris. So when things go a bit pear shaped we forgive her actions.
Overall, Paris Time Capsule is a truly escapist novel with a fascinating history attached to it and a thoroughly good read.
Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey is available now.